President Barack Obama on Tuesday appointed Jason Goldman to serve as the country’s first ever Chief Digital Officer. Goldman, whose resume includes stints at Blogger, Google, Medium and Twitter, will take over the White House’s digital outreach efforts previously managed by former senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer.
In a post on Medium, Goldman said he didn’t expect a job offer when he started talking with the White House a few months ago about its social media strategy. But when offered the gig, he accepted and said it would be an honor (as well as an incredible challenge).
Speaking of, his job (which begins April 6) will be to help create more meaningful online engagement between government and American citizens. Goldman pointed to existing efforts such as Reddit AMAs, Big Block of Cheese Day and We the People as examples of social outreach efforts that have proven successful thus far. He said he looks forward to expanding on those conversations and finding ways to help better define them.
Obama said Goldman brings new energy and coveted expertise as someone who has helped shape the digital age.
Goldman joins a growing list of Silicon Valley veterans that have since made their way to Washington. Google’s former CTO Megan Smith accepted the same position for the White House last September and just days ago, top Facebook engineer David Recordon became the very first Director of Information Technology.
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